Hammer Nutrition Blog

Hot Tip: Lose Those Last Few Pounds of Fat

July 24, 2010

Lose Those Last Few Pounds of FatSo, the racing season is almost here and you’re getting pretty fit… with the exception of those last few stubborn pounds that just don’t seem to want to leave. How do you shed those remaining “hard-headed” pounds without compromising your training? It’s as simple as cutting starch out of your evening meal and replacing it with copious amounts of vegetables and salad. Eat normally throughout the day, then for your evening meal, just consume protein, salad and vegetables. The vegetables will provide all of the carbs you need to maintain glycogen stores. You may feel a little hungry before bed, but do this regularly (not necessarily every day) and watch those love handles evaporate.

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Hot Tip: Take Your Supplements with Grapefruits or Grapefruit Juice

July 17, 2010

Take Your Supplements with Grapefruits or Grapefruit JuiceCourtesy of Dr. Bill: I know of no reason why to limit grapefruit juice from use with any Hammer Nutrition supplements.

Here is why: Grapefruit juice increases the absorption, bioavailability, and potency of nutrients due to the bergamottin content of grapefruit temporarily blocking some types of Cytochrome P-450 enzymes (especially CYP3A4 enzyme) in the gastrointestinal tract. Like all Cytochrome P-450 enzymes, CYP3A4 is responsible for the (phase I) detoxification of various substances in the intestines and liver. This inhibitory effect of Grapefruit juice may last for up to 48 hours after ingestion. Conclusion: In my opinion, the effect of grapefruit or grapefruit juice is positive, favoring nutrient potency effects in human metabolism.

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Hot Tip: Finish Pre-Workout/Race Food Consumption 3 Hours Prior

July 10, 2010

It takes approximately 3 hours after a carbohydrate-containing meal for elevated insulin levels to return to pre-meal or waking fasting levels, which is exactly where you want them prior to a workout or race lasting longer than 60 minutes (perhaps as long as 90 minutes). To the degree that insulin levels are elevated at the start of a workout/race, the greater the body spends it muscle glycogen for energy production. The lower the insulin levels at the start of the event, the better your body spares available muscle glycogen stores. Continue Reading »

Hot Tip: Keep Fish Oil Supplements in the Freezer

July 3, 2010

Keep Fish Oil Supplement in the FreezerIf you’re taking fish oil supplements, such as the Carlson Norwegian Salmon Oil, you may have experienced an unpleasant fishy aftertaste. If so, store the bottle in the freezer. This will minimize or even eliminate the fish oil taste.

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Hot Tip: Limit Your Nighttime Food Intake

June 26, 2010

Limit Your Nighttime Food IntakeMetabolism is most active up until dinnertime, so the majority of your food intake should occur before that magic hour of somewhere between 5 and 7 p.m. High calorie evening and late night meals jeopardize normal sleep patterns and thus severely limit human growth hormone (hGH) release, which is absolutely KEY for you to improve, grow stronger, and stay healthy.

Thanks to Al Lyman for this Hot Tip

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Hot Tip: Increase Fiber, Minimize High GI Carb Consumption

June 19, 2010

Increase Fiber Minimize High GI Carb ConsumptionTo help prevent weight gain, especially during the off-season, keep dietary fiber intake above 30 grams daily while making sure consumption of high glycemic carbohydrates is limited to during or immediately following exercise.

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Hot Tip: An Easy Way to Take Race Day Boost

June 12, 2010

I measure one teaspoon into a gel flask and take about two flasks to work. When the time comes for my Race Day Boost, I use warm to hot tap water, filling up the flask to about 4-5oz, shake rigorously, and drink. I have done about 5 cycles this way and find it very easy. I don’t use juice, as warm water helps to dissolve the powder better. It just tastes like salt water.

Thanks to Hammer client Anthony Parsells for this Hot Tip

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Hot Tip: Frozen Hammer Gel

June 5, 2010

Frozen Hammer GelWant a cool treat on your next run or ride? Try freezing your Hammer Gel! Before your next warm weather workout or race, toss your Hammer Gel in the freezer until the gel is a thick consistency. Be careful, because if you leave the gel in the freezer for too long, it will freeze solid. Anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour is perfect for a single serving packet.

Thanks to Mark Ceccarelli for this Hot Tip

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Hot Tip: Dietary Sodium Intake when Using Race Day Boost

May 29, 2010

Most everyone consumes 6000-8000 milligrams of sodium per day, an amount that’s two to three times the upper recommended daily dose for sodium. Therefore, the practice that some athletes follow, which is to consume extra amounts of salt in the in the days prior to a race in the hopes of “topping off sodium stores,” is without merit and a practice we vehemently do not recommend. Continue Reading »

Hot Tip: Staying Alert at Night During Ultras

May 22, 2010

Staying Alert at Night During Ultra RacesBob Corman, after finishing his last lap at 6:30 AM on Sunday morning during the The Davis Bike Club Annual UMCA 12/24 hour challenge. Competing with teammate Jay Kilby, the self-supported duo (no support crew) completed 374 miles in the 24-hour period. Photo: Jay Kilby

If you’re doing an ultra distance race, one where you’ll be racing through the night and into the next day, chances are you’ll need something to help you stay alert. We have two suggestions: Continue Reading »